Jerre Cole enters his third season as the Bobcat's Head Men's Basketball Coach. A native of Washington Kansas, Cole came to Peru from Porterville College (California) where he served as an assistant to George Nessman on the Pirate's men's basketball staff. During his five years at PC, the Pirates were California's winningest team, going 147-22 overall. They won the 2000 State Championship, four straight Central Valley Conference championships, and qualified for a Final Four and a Final Eight berth. PC produced six All-State selections, two All-Americans, and sent 18 players on the NCAA Division I programs during that time.
Prior to his move west, Cole served as a graduate assistant in the athletic department at Emporia State University in Emporia Kansas. Among his many duties, he served as the recruiting coordinator for the Hornet's Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field programs.
Cole got his coaching start at Missouri Valley College under the direction of Tom Fifer where he served as a student assistant and as the head freshman coach. Cole played for the Missouri Valley Vikings for two seasons, helping them to the NAIA National Tournament in 1992 and personally earning All-HAAC and All-District honors.
Cole completed his Master's
degree in Physical Education from Emporia State University in 1999.
He graduated from Missouri Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree
in Secondary Education in 1995. He also completed his Associate of
Arts degree from Highland Community College in Highland Kansas in 1991.
Nathanael Sims, in his fifth year as an assistant coach for the Bobcats, transferred to Peru from Wayne State College.
A graduate of Johnson-Brock (Nebraska) High School in 1998, he participated in basketball, football, and track. He earned a total of 11 varsity letters.
Sims was a member of the 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 Nebraska Class D1 State Basketball Championship teams. He also was named Academic All-State in all three sports, and appeared at the 1997 and 1998 Nebraska State Track Meets.
He graduated from Peru State College in December, 2003 with dual majors of Physical Education (K-12) and Sports Management, plus a Coaching Endorsement. Sims has also served four seasons as an assistant track coach for the Johnson-Brock (Nebraska) High School and was chosen as Head Track Coach for the Johnson-Brock High School's 2004 season.
Scott Peery, ATC
Scott is entering his second year as the Head Athletic Trainer at Peru State College. He is a native of Pleasant View, Utah. Scott comes to Peru from Mountain Land Sports & Orthopedic Physical Therapy in Kaysville, Utah, where he served as the Director of Business Development and Outreach Coordinator. During his time at Mountain Land, Scott designed and implemented several health and wellness programs including an industrial rehabilitation program and a women's health program. He also oversaw three 5A high school athletic training programs as well as developed an annual coaches conference for the entire Davis Country School District.
Scott received his education and training from the University of West Alabama, where he served as the Head Student Athletic Trainer for Women's Basketball and Baseball. He also worked with the Football and Rodeo teams while at UWA. In addition he served as the UWA Sports Medicine Club President.
During the 1997 baseball
season Scott was the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Meridian Brakemen,
an independent professional baseball team in Mississippi.